2001-02Regular SeasonRound 2
October 17, 2001 CET: 18:00
Local time: 18:00 BASKETBALL HALL JAZINE
Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez is already shouting from the rooftops of Group C. In its first Euroleague road game on Wednesday, the French champions knocked host Zadar from the ranks of the undefeated with a studious 79-83 victory in Croatia. Brad Sellers worked the inside for 19 points, largely in the second half, to lead Pau. Frederic Fauthoux was the force in the first half as Pau seized double-digit leads that served to keep Zadar on its heels the rest of the way. Pau is now secure with a 2-0 record at the top of Group C, while Zadar's first loss of any kind this season leaves it at 1-1. Tied 77-77 going into the final minute, Dragan Lukovski put Pau ahead 79-77 on a jumper, but Rumeal Robinson tied if for Zadar from the foulline. Young supertalent Boris Diaw came up with the shot that put Pau ahead for good, while Robinson missed a three-point attempt to win it for Zadar. Tomislav Ruzic led Zadar with 18 points. Robinson added 17 and Marko Popovic 13.

The game started with an 0-8 run by Pau that only stopped when Rumeal Robinson hit a three-pointer. That was enough of a wake-up call, however, for Zadar to quickly tie the game 8-8. Frederic Fauthoux then climbed off the bench to take over at point guard for the visitors and another burst ensued. When it was done at the end of the quarter, Pau was comfortably ahead 19-27. Fauthoux and fellow point guard Dragan Lukovski had accounted for 16 of those points for Pau, and while Robinson was leading Zadar with 10, you had to wonder if he was playing defense against his counterparts.

Zadar made its own changes in an effort to respond in the second quarter. Tomislav Ruzic headed an aggressive effort that limited Pau's offensive effectiveness while Zadar's offense inched back to life. The lead was down to 10 midway through the quarter, at 26-36, when the effect took hold. A couple minutes later, Davor Marcelic riased up for a three-pointer that cut the lead to 35-40. By the time it was over, with those Pau point guards now seemingly under control, Zadar was back within four, at 39-43, and back in the game thanks to a revived defense.

If Zadar's defense was back, it suddenly had to deal with a change of tactics from Pau, specifically a push inside to Sellers. But it was only good enough to hang on to a 60-63 lead going into the final quarter. That lead was cut out altogether as Zadar shot its way back into a 72-72 tie with 5 minutes left. Sellers was key in the final, five-minute push, but the Pau defense under road conditions proved even more important.
Wednesday, October 17, 2001
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Referees: KOUKOULEKIDIS, STELIOS; ZIEMBLICKI, GRZEGORZ; OGET, MEMDUT
Attendance: 2500
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Zadar
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 VLADOVIC, JAKOV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 POPOVIC, MARKO 35:31 13 3/5 1/9 4/4       6 3 2   1 1 2 10
7 ROBINSON, RUMEAL 25:44 17 3/6 3/7 2/3   1 1 1 2 3   1 4 4 9
8 PERINCIC, HRVOJE 18:45 10 0/2 2/4 4/4   1 1   1       4 2 6
9 VRSALJKO, MARIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 SPRALJA, SIME DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 MARCELIC, DAVOR 40:00 8 2/5 1/7 1/1 2   2 1 1 1     1 2 3
13 RUZIC, TOMISLAV 30:10 18 8/13 0/1 2/2 4 10 14   3       3 2 28
14 ODUOK, INYANG IME 34:27 8 4/7     4 4 8     4 1 1 5 6 10
15 GRGAT, IVAN 15:23 5 2/6   1/1 2 2 4 1 1 1     3 1 4
16 BANIC, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                                
Totals 200:00 79 22/44 7/28 14/15 12 18 30 9 11 11 1 3 21 19 70
        50% 25% 93.3%
Head coach: POPOVIC, PETAR
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Pau-Orthez
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 FAUTHOUX, FREDERIC 22:38 17 1/2 4/7 3/3       1 1 4     2 1 10
5 LUKOVSKI, DRAGAN 21:18 13 4/5 1/4 2/2 1 3 4 3 1 3     3 3 14
6 PIETRUS, MICKAEL 27:41 6 0/2 2/4     5 5   2   3   3 1 10
7 DARRIGAND, GAUTHIER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 ESTELLER, ROGER 36:04 11 3/8 0/1 5/8 3 2 5 1 1 2     1 7 13
10 GADOU, DIDIER 25:18 7 2/3 1/2     4 4 2 2 2 1   5 1 8
12 LEWIS, DERRICK 8:47 4 2/3     1 1 2   1         1 7
13 DIAW, BORIS 18:14 6 1/4 1/1 1/2         2 1     2 1 2
14 MILLING, KYLE 6:47   0/1       2 2 1 1   2 1 1   3
15 SELLERS, ROD 33:13 19 7/12   5/7 3 5 8 1   1 1   2 6 25
Team                                
Totals 200:00 83 20/40 9/19 16/22 8 22 30 9 11 13 7 1 19 21 92
        50% 47.4% 72.7%
Head coach: BERGEAUD, CLAUDE
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Head Coaches

POPOVIC, PETAR
Zadar
"This was a worthy victory for Pau-Orthez. In the beginning we were in a hole, because we opened the game very badly. Later on we had a big problem with Ime Odouka's and Robinson's personal fouls, so we couldn't play like we wanted to. When Odouka left the game, we lost the rebound and killer moves we had on offense. The winner was decided in the last two minutes, when Pau-Orthez pconcentrated better than we did. A minute before the end, on a timeout, I wanted us to go in for two points. Robinson wanted to do something more risky and finish the game with the three. That is where I think we lost the game. Overall, we didn't shoot from the outside like we usualy do, though in other aspects of the game we were better or even with Pau-Orthez."
BERGEAUD, CLAUDE
Pau-Orthez
"Pau-Orthez has never played like this against Zadar. They played 12 games against each other, 6 in Zadar and 6 in Pau-Orthez. This is the first time Pau Orthez has won in Zadar. Both clubs have a long history, and this is an historic day for Pau-Orthez. Every time Zadar would have an offensive rebound, they would score. It was hard to play tonight, because Florent Pietrus and Gadou were not here. In one day we had to change our game. When I was a player, I played against Coach Popovic, and now as a coach I coach against him. It¿s a big honor for me. That is why I asked him for an autograph."

Players

DIAW, BORIS
Pau-Orthez
"This victory, the same as the one here in the Junior World Championships, is going to be a great memory for me. Because of the change of my usual position, because some players are injured, it was hard for me to play at first. The same thing happened when I was at the Junior World Championships here in Zadar. A decision to change me was made at the last second. For the last shot, you don¿t have to think much. If you feel it then go for it."
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